With a recent Supreme Court order triggering panic among forest dwellers over possible eviction, Odisha’s Dongria Kondh tribals have resolved to resist any attempt to force them out.The tribe shot into the limelight for their successful resistance against the Vedanta Group’s plan to mine bauxite in the ecologically and mineral-rich Niyamgiri hill range. The Dongria Kondh are currently holding their annual ‘Niyamraja festival’ on the picturesque hilltop of Niyamgiri. The issue of possible eviction of tribals, whose applications for regularisation under the Forest Rights Act (FRA), 2006, had been rejected, came up for discussion at the festival.The Dongria Kondh’s habitations dot the Niyamgiri hills in Kalahandi and Rayagada districts.As per official records of the distribution of titles under FRA, 562 claims were received from 591 households under the Kutia Kandh Development Agency, Lanjigarh. Gram Sabhas had approved all 562. However, 310 claims involving 313.80 acres were approved by the District Level Committee and certificate of titles were distributed. Under Dongria Kondh Development Agency, Chatikona and Dongria Kondh Development Agency, Parsoli, of 2,126 applications, Gram Sabhas approved 1,895. All applications were approved by DLC and certificates involving 3,088 acres of land were distributed. The rights sought by the Dongria Kondh have not been met, says Niyamgiri Surakshya Samiti, and it fears that the government might push its mining agenda in the future.
MLS Altidore and Kljestan sent off for halftime fight in MLS playoffs Ben Valentine Last updated 2 years ago 09:20 11/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) John E. Sokolowski MLS Toronto v New York RB New York RB Toronto The pair earned yellow cards for a scuffle in the first half and were both sent off for an altercation in the tunnel at halftime Tempers have boiled over in the Eastern Conference semifinal between Toronto FC and the New York Red Bulls, potentially causing drastic ramifications for the MLS playoffs.Both Jozy Altidore and Sacha Kljestan were sent off at halftime of the second-leg encounter after a fight occurred between the two in the tunnel. Sacha Kljestan and Jozy Altidore issued red cards.Both sides will play the remainder of the game with 10 men. #TORvNY | #MLSCupPlayoffs — New York Red Bulls (@NewYorkRedBulls) November 5, 2017 Both players had gotten into it in the first half, with Kljestan delivering a shove to Altidore and the big striker appearing to make the most of it, falling to the ground. Both players received yellow cards for the incident. #TORvNY | #MLSCupPlayoffs | #RBNY pic.twitter.com/sbdxK8PuNJ — New York Red Bulls (@NewYorkRedBulls) November 5, 2017 It did not end there, however. A scuffle in the tunnel followed after the teams had finished out a 0-0 first half. While some reports suggested the two coaches, Greg Vanney and Jesse Marsch, were involved, it was Altidore and Kljestan who were both sent off. 4th official tells me Altidore and Kljesten red cards given in the tunnel for violent conduct #tfclive — Kristian Jack (@KristianJack) November 5, 2017 More rough play followed in the second half, with Bradley Wright-Phillips handed a caution for a flying challenge before Tyler Adams and Victor Vazquez had a coming together of their own. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player A shot from Daniel Royer that deflected off Wright-Phillips early in the second half gave New York a 1-0 advantage in the second leg and made it 2-2 on aggregate, though Toronto managed to advance on away goals.The red card means Altidore will miss at least the first leg of the next round and possibly more depending on what the league decides after reviewing the incident.In addition, Toronto will not have Sebastian Giovinco for the contest after he picked up a yellow card for dissent in the second half, meaning he is suspended for yellow card accumulation.Following the match Altidore sent a tweet directed to Kljestan calling him out for snitching, before quickly deleting it. Toronto will face the winner of the New York City FC and Columbus Crew tie in the Conference final over two legs.
eSports Aubameyang & Alexis headline newest ‘Ones-to-Watch’ in FUT Harry Sherlock Last updated 1 year ago 00:34 2/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty eSports Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang A. Sánchez Arsenal Manchester United Premier League Primera División The two marquee additions at Arsenal and Manchester United are available with new dynamic cards in Ultimate Team EA Sports has unveiled the new batch of Ones to Watch players in FIFA 18 Ultimate Team, including the most notable transfers of the January window.Ones to Watch players change ratings throughout the season based on the performance of their real players, and the in-forms they receive, thus making them some of the most sought-after cards on the market.New Manchester United winger Alexis Sanchez headlines the current crop, with a base rating of 89, and is joined by his replacement at Arsenal, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho, Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa and Tottenham’s Lucas Moura. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Of course, not every FUT player can shop at the very top of the market, and thus there are some more affordable options available too, and their investments may prove shrewd.Everton’s Theo Walcott, for example, netted twice last time out, while Brighton & Hove Albion’s record signing Jurgen Locadia has the stats to take the Premier League by storm.Several leagues are represented, with Michy Batshuayi’s new Borussia Dortmund card featured, along with Valencia’s Francis Coquelin and Ajax’s Nicolas Tagliafico.The players are available both on the transfer market and in packs from 6pm UK time on Friday, February 2, until next Friday!
Bono is warning that thousands of children are facing hunger as UN agencies confront funding shortfalls.According to an article on the UNHCR website, the lead singer of Irish rock band U2, and co-founder of international campaigning and advocacy group The ONE Campaign, highlighted the needs during a recent visit to displaced men, women and children at a settlement in Maiduguri in Borno state.“There are 50,000 children who are going to die if the UN doesn’t get what they need. This is an extraordinary country, but you can see the people in the north-east struggling — they’ve had their country stolen from them,” Bono said during the visit with Nigerian businessman Alhaji Aliko Dangote.“This is our next door neighbour and if their house catches on fire, our house catches on fire, it’s just that simple,” he added.UN agencies and other NGOs have this year sought nearly US$200 million to meet the immediate needs of more than half a million people forcibly displaced by Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad and Niger, but currently have less than a quarter – 24 per cent – of the funding they need.To read the full article, click here.
Meditation – which is widely believed to be an antidote to mental health issues – may not always be a pleasant experience for everyone, according to scientists who advocate more research into such practices. The research, led by scientists from University College London (UCL) in the UK, found that over a quarter of people who regularly meditate have had a ‘particularly unpleasant’ psychological experience related to the practice, including feelings of fear and distorted emotions. Also Read – The Puja carnivalPublished in the journal PLOS ONE, the study also found those who had attended a meditation retreat, those who only practiced deconstructive types of meditation, such as Vipassana (insight) and Koan practice (used in Zen Buddhism), and those with higher levels of repetitive negative thinking, were more likely to report a ‘particularly unpleasant’ meditation-related experience. However, the study, which comprised an international online survey of 1,232 people who had at least two months’ meditation experience, found female participants and those with a religious belief were less likely to have had a negative experience. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this Navratra”These findings point to the importance of widening the public and scientific understanding of meditation beyond that of a health-promoting technique,” said Marco Schlosser, a researcher at UCL. “Very little is known about why, when, and how such meditation-related difficulties can occur: more research is now needed to understand the nature of these experiences,” Schlosser said in a statement. “When are unpleasant experiences important elements of meditative development, and when are they merely negative effects to be avoided?” he said. The study, conducted with researchers at Witten/Herdecke University in Germany, and the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia, was triggered by a limited but growing number of research reports and case studies, which indicate psychologically unpleasant experiences can occur during meditative practice. Some traditional Buddhist texts also reference vivid accounts of similar experiences. However, very little is known about the prevalence of these experiences. Of the 1,232 participants, 25.6 per cent indicated that they had previously encountered particularly unpleasant meditation-related experiences. More male participants, 28.5 per cent, experienced a particularly unpleasant experience, compared to 23 per cent of female participants. About 30.6 per cent of those who did not have a religious belief had a particularly unpleasant experience, compared to 22 per cent of those who had a religious belief. More people, 29.2 per cent, who practised only deconstructive types of meditation reported a particularly unpleasant experience, compared to 20.3 per cent who only engaged in other meditation types. About 29 per cent of those who had been on a meditation retreat (at any point in life) had a particularly unpleasant experience, compared with 19.6 per cent, who had never been on a retreat. “Most research on meditation has focussed on its benefits, however, the range of meditative experiences studied by scientists needs to be expanded. It is important at this point not to draw premature conclusions about the potential negative effects of meditation,” Schlosser said. Researchers acknowledged a number of limitations in the study. The study only asked one question to capture prevalence of particularly unpleasant meditation-related experiences. The data does not provide any indication of the exact type of experiences or their severity and impact. The study did not assess possible pre-existing mental health problems, which could have confounded the prevalence estimate of particularly unpleasant meditation-related experiences.
The United Nations has ramped up its efforts to eliminate cholera in Haiti. At the same time, claims against the Organization on that matter are “not receivable,” a spokesperson for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, after officials in the Caribbean nation were informed of the decision.In November 2011, a claim for compensation was brought against the UN on behalf of victims of the cholera outbreak in Haiti.“Today, the United Nations advised the claimants’ representatives that the claims are not receivable pursuant to Section 29 of the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations,” spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters in New York. Mr. Ban, in a telephone call to Haitian President Michel Martelly, informed him of the decision and reiterated the UN’s commitment to eliminating the disease in Haiti, Mr. Nesirky added. “Since the outbreak began in 2010, the United Nations and its partners have worked closely with the people and Government of Haiti to provide treatment, improve water and sanitation facilities and strengthen prevention and early warning,” he noted. In December 2012, Mr. Ban launched an initiative for the elimination of cholera in Haiti, which aims to strengthen Haiti’s own National Cholera Elimination Plan through significant investments and the use of an oral cholera vaccine. Following the launch of the initiative, the Secretary-General appointed renowned United States physician Paul Farmer to help galvanize support to eliminate cholera in Haiti, where the disease had already claimed over 7,750 lives by the end of 2012.The initiative will invest in prevention, treatment, and education, and focus on the extension of clean drinking water and sanitation systems as well as the use of an oral vaccine to combat cholera, an acute intestinal infection caused by consuming contaminated food or water.“The Secretary-General again expresses his profound sympathy for the terrible suffering caused by the cholera epidemic, and calls on all partners in Haiti and the international community to work together to ensure better health and a better future for the people of Haiti,” Mr. Nesirky said.
In a stateme attributable to his spokesperson, the Secretary-General said he was “saddened by the loss of life and destruction in the earthquake that struck the provinces of Oaxaca, Chiapas and Tabasco in Mexico.” Dozens of people were killed in the quake that struck before midnight on 7 September. Mr. Guterres wished a speedy recovery to those injured, according to the statement. He also commended the authorities and emergency responders, who he said “are sparing no efforts to assist people in need and restore essential services.”
Prof. David DiBattista, who is retiring, will present his last lecture on Wednesday, as part of the Spring Perspectives hosted by the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation. David DiBattista isa) a master at crafting effective multiple-choice tests.b) a psychology professor at Brock University.c) a 3M National Teaching Fellow.d) about to retire.e) all of the above.The answer is e) all of the above. And on Wednesday, DiBattista will be bidding adieu to a 26-year career as a psychology professor at Brock by delivering his last lecture- The Last Lecture, in fact – a hypothetical final trip to the lectern to bestow his wisdom as though it were his last chance to do so.The Last Lecture runs from 9 a.m. to noon in TH 325. The concept is based on the New York Times best-selling book The Last Lecture, which expands on the final talk given by a Carnegie Mellon University computer science professor, who spoke about achieving one’s childhood dreams before he died of pancreatic cancer in 2008.The theme of DiBattista’s last lecture, which is hosted by the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation, will be pearls of wisdom – those he has gleaned from others who have influenced him as a teacher, and which he hopes to impart to his colleagues.“It’s going to be a lot of pictures, which help me to know what to talk about next,” DiBattista said with a smile. “I hope it will be entertaining.”He will be joined by Lorne Adams, a kinesiology professor who spent 40 years at Brock and was named a 3M National Teaching Fellow in 2004, Canada’s highest recognition of excellence in higher education.“Both David and Lorne have contributed so much to the culture of teaching and learning at Brock,” said Anna Lathrop, Vice-Provost Teaching and Learning. “David’s gentle, thoughtful and encouraging demeanour, and Lorne’s wry humour and compassionate spirit will truly be missed.”Despite the seeming finality of Wednesday’s event, DiBattista, named a 3M National Teaching Fellow in 2007, said he’s feeling fine calling it a career.“It’s a good time for me to do this,” he said. “I’ve had a great career. Working one year more or one year less isn’t going to make a difference for me about whether this has been a good career or not. I want the chance to do other things.”Traveling, whittling his way through a pile of books, and continuing to work with teachers to help them to write better multiple choice tests are on his retirement to-do list.Multiple choice testing is a topic DiBattista spent the latter part of his career researching, focusing on test design and effectiveness in higher education. He has presented on the topic throughout Canada, helping university professors develop their question writing skills to ensure student success but also an accurate reflection of student learning.It was an about-face after spending the bulk of his career studying the eating and drinking behaviours of animals. But after taking time to reflect on his career about fifteen years ago, DiBattista said he felt he’d have greater impact devoting his efforts to teaching and learning.Though he plans to consult on the topic during retirement, he’s clear that it won’t become work.“I have to treat it as a hobby so it doesn’t interfere with other parts of life,” DiBattista said. “Being an academic, you let things take over your life. I want to take my foot off the gas for a bit and enjoy life, and continue to have my hobby.”Still, his research focus wasn’t the only change DiBattista experienced while at Brock.He has seen the University shift from a primarily undergraduate institution to one where graduate studies and research have become greater priorities.Since arriving in 1986, he has also seen the campus grow and the student population – no more than 7,000-strong at the time – become increasingly diverse.All the while, though, DiBattista, who came to Brock from Concordia University, couldn’t imagine being anywhere else.“I’ve been happy to be at Brock,” he said. “I have had a lot of opportunity to visit universities throughout Canada. My department is a wonderful place to be and Brock is a wonderful place to work. I’ve been very grateful to be here all these years.”
Ohio State redshirt senior guard Keyshawn Woods attempts a shot against Michigan State at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on Feb. 17. Photo: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorEAST LANSING, Mich — A sea of white hindered Ohio State while it tried to establish its offense. Each time the shot clock was under 10 seconds, the Michigan State student section counted down to one, seemingly leading to a rushed shot even when five seconds were left on the clock. C.J. Jackson, one of only two players on Ohio State’s roster that has played in East Lansing before, seemed unfazed. The senior guard, with five seconds left on the shot clock, put up a 3 from the top of the 3-point line as if time had expired. He sunk it, giving Ohio State the early 7-2 lead. But even as Ohio State showed spurts of offensive potential in the first half, inexperience and inconsistency reigned, and the sea of white rejoiced as the Buckeyes (16-9, 6-8 Big Ten) fell to No. 11 Michigan State (21-5, 12-3 Big Ten) 62-44 on Sunday. It was the least amount of points Ohio State has scored in a game this season. After shooting 40 percent from the field in the first half, making 3-of-6 from deep, Ohio State struggled with offensive consistency in the second, making 4-of-21 from the field and 1-of-9 from 3. The Buckeyes scored 13 points in the second half compared to Michigan State’s 37 and did not record a field goal in the final 7:40. Facing a defense that limits opponents to shoot 37.3 percent from the field, Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said struggling to score has been a challenge, but something he expected to see in this team. “It’s not like we didn’t expect that we were going to have trouble scoring this year,” Holtmann said. “We had an expectation that that was going to be something. We just have to keep taking good shots.” WIth the game tied at 39, Michigan State redshirt senior forward Kenny Goins sparked the Spartans’ second-half momentum, hitting a 3. But Jackson answered on the next possession with his second 3 in three tries. Jackson finished the game with eight points, making 1-of-6 opportunities from inside the 3-point line. But redshirt junior guard Kyle Ahrens answered with a 3 of his own, beginning a 10-0 Spartans run and putting a dagger through the hopes of the Buckeyes victory. “If they are all hype making shots, it’s tough to make shots when the crowd is going crazy and they are all hyped up on defense,” sophomore guard Musa Jallow said.In the second half, Michigan State made 12-of-26 attempts from the floor, shooting 42.9 percent from 3. As the crowd got behind the Michigan State offense, especially in the second half, Holtmann said it was hard to watch his team implode offensively. “It’s frustrating when you are struggling to score as much as you are struggling to score,” Holtmann said. “I think that is frustrating for guys because you tie so much of yourself to your offense.” In the first half, momentum favored the road team. The Ohio State offense came out hot, taking a 14-5 lead in the first seven minutes of the game. Sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson, in his second matchup with Michigan State junior forward and Gahanna, Ohio-native Nick Ward, scored six of the 14 points. Wesson finished the game with 12 points, the only Ohio State player with double-digit points, and nine rebounds.With Ward sidelined for the majority of the first half with a hand injury, Wesson said he feels like he battled in the post, but said he was unhappy with his six missed shots.But the runs continued in the first half. After redshirt junior Kyle Ahrens and Ward brought the Spartans back to within two, senior guard Matt McQuaid hit a corner 3 with Ohio State freshman forward Justin Ahrens draped over him, giving the Spartans its first lead of the day. With the Spartans holding onto a one-point lead heading into the final three minutes of the first half, Jallow hit a 3, igniting a 7-0 run and giving the Buckeyes a 31-25 halftime lead. This was the expectation for Jallow heading into the second half of play. “Just come back for another 20 minutes and play as hard as we did in the first half,” Jallow said. “When the game ended, we weren’t as good as we were in the first half.” Despite a six-point Ohio State lead heading into the second half, Michigan State began the half with a 7-1 run, tying the game at 32. However, offensive success came to a stand still for both the Spartans and the Buckeyes a the start of the half, combining to make two of 12 total shots, with Ohio State missing its first six. After the first half of play, Jallow felt this game was in the grasp of Ohio State. But after scoring 13 points in the second half, Jallow said this loss hurts. “It leaves a bad taste in your mouth because we knew this was a winnable game and we just didn’t do enough to pull it out in the second half,” Jallow said. Ohio State will travel home to take on Northwestern on Wednesday at the Schottenstein Center at 8:30 p.m. Updated at 4:32 p.m. with quotes from sophomore guard Musa Jallow, sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson and head coach Chris Holtmann.
Britain can only deport foreign terrorists hiding behind human rights laws to two countries at a time because the process is too expensive, a long-awaited review has revealed. Dangerous jihadists who pose a threat to national security cannot be sent back to a long list of countries including Libya, Egypt, Syria, Pakistan, Sudan, Yemen and Russia even if a guarantee of fair treatment is obtained, according to the report ordered by Theresa May. Where assurances can be sought – as they were in the case of Abu Qatada – the process is so complicated and costly the Home Office has admitted that it can only manage negotiations with two nations at a time. Professor Clive Walker, an international law expert who co-authored the report with David Anderson QC, the then independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, estimates that the number of foreign jihadists who could avoid deportation “probably exceeded 40”. His analysis goes on to warn that with increasing travel to Syria and Iraq and restrictions on leave to remain conditions that number could “now markedly increase”. The review of Deportation with Assurances (DWA) – which was ordered by Mrs May when she was Home Secretary in 2013 but only published quietly last month – concludes that it remains an important tool. The scheme in theory allows the UK to expel suspects with guarantees they will not be mistreated or tortured in their home country, but in the last 13 years it has only led to the deportation of 11 people – nine to Algeria and two to Jordan. In contrast, France has deported around 120 suspected terrorists. The failures of the initiative which she pushed hard for have the potential to cause some embarrassment for Mrs May. The most high profile case was her battle with Abu Qatada which, after eight years and a legal bill of £1.7million, she finally won in 2013 when he boarded a plane to Jordan. Mr Anderson QC, who has revealed that during what he described as the “cartoon battle” the al-Qaeda linked cleric labelled his opponent “Crazy May”, said in his review that now cases have been taken all the way to the Supreme Court future hearings are likely to be much shorter. “We are very grateful to David Anderson QC for his report and we are pleased with his recognition that the UK has taken the lead in developing rights-compliant procedures.”Keeping the public safe is our primary duty and DWA is one of a range of powers available to disrupt terrorists.”They denied that funds were an issue when dealing with DWA cases. The Home Office said that it had previously managed negotiations with at least four countries simultaneously. Abu Qatda called Theresa May ‘Crazy May’ during their legal battle over his deportationCredit:Getty Images But the hurdles remain almost insurmountable because of the increasing political instability around the world and the fact that the Government has expressed its intention to remain signatory to the European Convention on Human Rights. Furthermore, Mr Anderson QC was told in 2014 that “the Home Office only had the resources to contemplate the use of DWA in a maximum of two countries at any one time.”Alongside the legal costs associated with deportation and the difficulty of negotiating a memorandum of understanding, the deported person must be monitored to ensure that the conditions are not breached which can “consume huge resources in terms of money and time”.Because of condemnation of DWA from NGOs and international lawyers, charities often refuse to be associated with it, forcing the Government to fund the setting up of organisations that can monitor the deportees welfare. In Jordan, this was the Adaleh Centre which is said to have “substantially benefited from grants from Her Majesty’s Government”. Though it is unclear how much this cost, Mr Anderson noted in his report that when he visited in 2014 it “had 14 full-time and three part-time employees, with 70% of its work being for the Jordanian Government but 50% of its funding being provided (at the time) by the UK Government. “ Only six countries have entered into arrangement for DWA from the UK – Libya, Ethiopia, Algeria, Lebanon, Morocco and Jordan – of which the first three have since been ruled out because of political instability and risk of mistreatment. Professor Walker’s analysis notes that in “rare cases” the ECtHR has said that assurances will not be enough. He advises that these cases could be defined as the “Countries of Concern” designated by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office each year because of concern over their human rights. After the DWA report was published by the Home Office, almost six months after they received it, Mr Anderson QC concluded on his blog: “The obstacles are now formidable. It remains to be seen whether the Government retains the stomach for the fight.”Professor Walker told the Telegraph: “It is legitimate but practically very difficult. Because of the failure of the Arab Spring democracy and human rights movements in many of the countries concerned, Egypt, Algeria, the prospects don’t look very bright that it is going to be taken forward on any industrial scale so we have to think about the long time management of people here.” A Home Office spokesman said: “DWA remains a valuable policy which allows us to remove those who threaten to do us harm while meeting international human rights obligations. Show more Mr Anderson backs Professor Walker’s conclusion that: “DWA can play a significant role in counter-terrorism, especially in prominent and otherwise intractable cases which are worth the cost and effort, but it will be delivered effectively and legitimately in international law only if laborious care is taken.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Attempts to reduce pressure on Accident and Emergency departments by diverting the least sick do little to cut attendances or save money, new research suggests.The study published in the Emergency Medicine Journal, found little evidence that schemes which try to weed out “low need” patients and send them to GPs and minor injuries units help to cut crowding in casualty units.The research, which considered 15 different studies, found that attempts to redirect patients did not cut the proportion transferred to emergency care. Nor did it cut subsequent use of emergency care services, or reduce healthcare spending, the studies found.Since last winter, every major A&E unit has been obliged to introduce “front-door streaming” so that patients can be assessed to see if they really need to be seen at the emergency unit.Health officials hope such schemes can reduce the number of patients attending A&E units, leaving more resources for the most acutely ill.Researchers from Canada examined 15 relevant studies into the topic. They found no clear evidence that redirecting such patients is either safe or effective. The proportion of patients who were suitable for diversion was found to be low and many patients do not want to receive care from alternative sources, they added.The authors concluded that there is little evidence to back the approach of diverting patients.“This review was unable to demonstrate conclusive evidence regarding the effectiveness of diversion strategies on emergency department use and subsequent healthcare utilisation,” they wrote.“At this time there is insufficient evidence to recommend the implementation of diversion protocols as effective or safe strategies to address emergency department overcrowding.”Lead author, Dr Brian Rowe, University of Alberta, suggested that devoting resources to diversion could prove wasteful“I am not sure the efforts involved in doing diversion are really worth all the costs, time, and surveillance,” he said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. It comes as a leading doctor for the elderly raised fears that a national drive to reduce long stays in hospital could risk patient safety.Tahir Masud, new president of the British Geriatrics Society, said NHS trusts could not keep cutting length of stay without “adverse consequences,” warning that some were already moving vulnerable patients around too frequently putting them at “risk of harm, particularly delirium, and falls”.“It happens a fair bit around the country, especially in the winter,” he told Health Service Journal. Bed moves in the middle of the night when the patient was asleep or “without explaining what’s happening” led to “resentment and anger from patients and their families”, the consultant at Nottingham University Hospitals trust said.NHS figures from 70 NHS trusts show a 22 per cent rise in emergency readmissions between 2013/14 and 2017/18. The figures obtained by Healthwatch England show the number of emergency readmissions within 24 hours of being discharged rose 33 per cent over the same period.
https://jrnl.ie/4626281 May 14th 2019, 7:00 AM Opinion: ‘Children need to learn about LGBT issues in school – it will reassure them and combat fear’ Robin Stevens grew up in a generation were ‘gayness was erased’. Her books have shown her that young readers want to read about LGBTQ+ lives – and she wants to see more of this explored in schools. Robin Stevens 16,340 Views 143 Comments Tuesday 14 May 2019, 7:00 AM Short URL Share22 Tweet Email ONE OF THE nicest parts of my job as a children’s author is hearing from the kids who love my books. All of the messages I get are wonderful, but some of them particularly stay with me – none more so than the letter from a child who wanted to know whether Bertie and Harold, two characters from my 1930s series, The Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries, would get married, and if so, when?It was such a hopeful, friendly message – she loved them and she was firmly of the opinion that they should be married – but the letter itself felt astonishing. I was hearing from a person who couldn’t imagine a world where two men couldn’t get married if they wanted to.That day I understood what it really meant for children to grow up with marriage equality. After all, anyone eight or younger in Ireland in 2019 will only have the very dimmest memories of a world without equal marriage – it is now simply part of a generation’s concept of how things are.I’m 31 (not particularly old in the grand scheme of things, although children think it’s ancient), and how things are in 2019 leaves me feeling slightly dizzy. I was born five years before homosexuality was decriminalised in Ireland (and fifteen years before it was decriminalised in all parts of the country of my birth, America).I grew up in the UK in a school system under Section 28, a law that prohibited the ‘promotion’ of homosexuality to children. I never read a children’s book with LGBTQ+ characters, and sex education at my school was almost entirely restricted to heterosexual partnerships.Going on to live through the introduction of the 2013 Equal Marriage Act in Britain, the 2015 Irish marriage referendum, and, barely a month after Ireland’s vote, the Supreme Court ruling on equal marriage in the USA, has felt astonishing and genuinely miraculous – to say that nothing in my childhood prepared me for this is an understatement.My generation, and the generations before us, are the result of childhoods where gayness was as erased as the government, the church, teachers or authority figures could manage.They tried so hard, but here’s the thing: it didn’t work. It fixed nothing. It saved no one. We gained nothing. We simply lost – lost years of contentment, lost happy relationships, lost pride in ourselves and confidence in our choices.The cost is something that my queer friends – that all of us – are still counting, and something that I never want another generation to bear. This is why hearing that The Oireachtas Committee on Education has strongly recommended that the compulsory sex education curriculum is updated to include LGBTQ+ relationships, is so exciting. It means that, unlike me and my friends, children today will be able to grow up knowing about all types of family structure.They’ll hear at the moment they need to – and not many years too late – that they’re valid and important and good whatever their gender or sexual identity is. There is a fear (and I know this fear comes from the generational lack of LGBTQ+ education) that this is all too ‘adult’ for young children to grasp.‘All children want is for someone to tell them that they’re OK’But the truth is that there’s nothing inherently mature about being LGBTQ+.A little girl with a crush on a girl is having the same vague romantic feelings as a girl with a crush on a boy. Children growing up with two mums or two dads, or trans parents, are as utterly uninterested in thinking about the mechanics of these relationships as the children of one cis mum and one cis dad.All children want is for someone to tell them that they’re OK – and all children need is to hear that being different isn’t the same as being bad. I know from personal experience what a difference talking openly about LGBTQ+ issues can make to children. My books are mystery stories aimed at kids 8+. I try to fill them with people that seem true to life – and that’s always included LGBTQ+ characters.Up until now, they’ve been minor parts of the stories, but in my latest book, Death in the Spotlight, I showed one of my teenage heroines coming out as a lesbian. Daisy’s crush on one of the suspects in the case is less important than the main murder plot, and as mild and full of angsty longing as her best friend Hazel’s heterosexual pining in previous books – but it felt deeply important to me to write.It’s part of who this character is, and I wanted to show that to my readers. I was hoping for positive responses, but what I was not expecting was the outpouring of joy from young fans. Since the book was published in October last year my inbox has been full of kids’ coming-out stories.Children thank me at signings, and one little girl was so thrilled at reading the scene that she screamed and fell down the stairs (she’s fine, don’t worry). Daisy has clearly become the kind of queer role model that my friends and I never had when we were children, and the pride that my fans take in her visibility proves to me how much characters like her – on TV, in films, in games and in books – are necessary.Children need to be taught about all of the possibilities of LGBTQ+ identities, and shown that LGBTQ+ people can be good parents, sportspeople, film stars, doctors, politicians – and detectives. Education reassures, it supports and it combats fear, and we need education as much now as we ever did.We live in a world where misinformation about members of the LGBTQ+ community is rife and easily accessible, a world where marriage equality is not yet a reality for many people, including (and as a British person I feel deep shame about this) Northern Ireland. But I believe that educating children about LGBTQ+ issues at school and in wider life will help show them that a much brighter future is possible.Robin Stevens was born in California and grew up in an Oxford college, across the road from the house where Alice in Wonderland lived. She spent her teenage years at Cheltenham Ladies’ College, reading a lot of murder mysteries and hoping that she’d get the chance to do some detecting herself (she didn’t). Robin is now a full-time author, and her books, the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries and The Guggenheim Mystery, are both award-winning and bestselling. She will appear at the Authors for Oceans event and her own solo event at The International Literature Festival Dublin on Sunday 19 May. For tickets, click here. By Robin Stevens Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Animaux : Les chiens savent lire les émotions sur nos visagesEt si pour savoir ce que ressentent les humains, il suffisait d’observer leur chien ? Une idée que tend à corroborer une récente étude publiée, au mois de juin, dans la revue Learning & Behaviour aux éditions Springer. Les recherches montrent en effet que nos compagnons à quatre pattes sont capables de décrypter nos émotions selon nos expressions faciales.On savait déjà que le meilleur ami de l’homme était capable de lui mentir pour obtenir ce qu’il voulait. Mais on ne se doutait pas que l’homme aurait, lui, plus de difficultés à mentir… à son chien ! Eh oui, apparemment on aurait du mal à cacher ses émotions à Médor, comme le révèle le fruit d’une étude scientifique menée à l’Université Bari Aldo Moro, en Italie. Décryptage. Du stress canin après certaines émotions humainesComme le rapporte Science Daily 26 chiens ont participé à cette expérience. Alors qu’ils étaient en train de manger, il leur a été montré plusieurs photos de femmes et d’hommes dont le visage exprimait les six émotions primaires humaines : la peur, la colère, le dégoût, la tristesse, la joie et la surprise ainsi qu’une expression neutre. Les chercheurs ont constaté que le rythme cardiaque des chiens augmentait considérablement devant des images représentant la colère, la crainte et la joie et qu’ils prenaient davantage de temps avant de continuer le repas qu’ils avaient dû interrompre. Forts de ce constat, les auteurs de l’étude considèrent donc que les chiens ressentent du stress après avoir vu certaines émotions plutôt que d’autres chez les humains.Un coup à droite et un coup à gaucheÀ lire aussiPourquoi l’eau des océans est-elle salée ?Non, non, nos amis poilus ne se sont pas encore inscrits sur Tinder et ne swipent pas d’un côté ou de l’autre ! En revanche, il a été remarqué qu’ils avaient davantage tendance à pencher la tête sur le côté gauche lorsqu’ils voyaient une expression faciale de colère, de peur ou de joie. Cette dernière pouvant, selon les scientifiques, être considérée comme menaçante par les chiens qui instinctivement se sentent mal à l’aise face à des dents (ou des crocs !) dévoilées.Et c’est vers la droite qu’ils ont penché la tête lorsqu’une photo exprimant la surprise leur a été montrée. Une émotion probablement considérée comme non-inquiétante par les chiens. Peu de changements de comportements ont été remarqués face à la tristesse et le dégoût. « Les émotions stimulantes et négatives semblent être traitées par l’hémisphère droit du cerveau des chiens et les plus positives par le gauche », souligne Marcello Siniscalchi, l’un des auteurs de l’étude. Des résultats qui prouvent que les émotions sont traitées par différentes zones du cerveau canin. Comme chez les humains. Cette découverte est peut-être un petit pas pour la science mais c’est un grand pas pour la communication non verbale entre l’Homme et son meilleur ami !À lire aussiTout ce qu’il faut savoir sur les chats sans poilLes chiens en surpoids mis au testÀ quel animal correspond Bip Bip ?Le 22 juin 2018 à 11:16 • Marina Marcout
SR Nagar: A 17-year-old- youngster died on the early hours here on Tuesday when a train reportedly hit him at the Bharath nagar railway track under SR Nagar police station limits. According to Police, the incident occurred when the victim went to attend to Nature’s call beside the railway track. After noticing the incident, the locals rushed him to the nearby private hospital for treatment but the doctors declared him brought dead. They shifted the body to Gandhi Hospital mortuary for post-mortem. A case has been registered and investigation is on.
Clive Lloyd lifting the maiden World Cup trophyTwitter/Cricket World CupThe upcoming ICC 2019 World Cup will be the 12th edition of one-day international cricket’s biggest event. 11 previous chapters have produced many memorable moments as well as some really disappointing ones. This 12th episode of the event promises to be one of the best, if the weather doesn’t play spoilsport – a possibility that can never be ruled out in England.The Final of this mega event has seen many different types of contests and performances. From some utterly sublime to those extremely anti-climactic. The 11 Finals have not always lived up to the expectations but have often produced great displays of batting and bowling skills.As we get ready for the latest edition of ODI cricket’s showpiece event, let’s walk through the pages of history and remember the most important features of the Finals of all 11 previous World Cups. In the first part we look at the decider of the very first World Cup.1975 – Australia vs West Indies (Lord’s)When the first edition of World Cup was played, most teams were not sure how to approach the tournament. It may not have been seen as that important also. West Indies, then starting to emerge as a powerful team and developing a formidable pace attack took on a strong Australian side in the Final at Lord’s. A large crowd of West Indian supporters, largely immigrants from the Caribbean, descended on cricket’s most hallowed arena to support their team. ICC World Cup 2019 – Team India Squad West Indies batted first and the most important moment of the Final came when Clive Lloyd was dropped off the bowling of Dennis Lillee on 26. This mistake proved to be very costly and the West Indian skipper, in the words of his Australian counterpart, Ian Chappell, ‘caned’ Australia. At a time when Sunil Gavaskar was happy to bat out all 60 overs of an ODI to score 36 not out, Lloyd smashed 102 off just 85 balls. West Indies ended up with 291/8.The Caribbean side didn’t have their famed four-man pace attack then. The only prominent name in the bowlers list was Andy Roberts. But a man destined to become one of the greatest players of all time made a huge difference. Except that he did it in a different capacity than the one he is known for. Vivian Richards played a key role in Australia’s inability to chase the target by producing three run-outs, including a brilliant one of Ian Chappell, the leading run-scorer for his team in that match. At a time when fielding was largely an afterthought, Richards showed his athleticism to great effect. Ian Chappell was left gobsmacked by the fact that Richards could even get to the ball which he thought was easily going to the boundary.At 233/9, it seemed all over for Australia but then, the legendary duo of Lillee and Jeff Thomson started resisting with the bat and suddenly, Australia seemed to be in with a chance. But that was snuffed out by, quite aptly, another run-out, the fifth in the Innings. With Australia falling short by 17 runs and 8 balls remaining in the innings, West Indies became the first World Champions in the sport, a harbinger of things to come. Close
Kolkata: Mystery shrouds the death of a housewife whose body was found inside her in-laws house in South 24-Parganas.The family members of the victim have lodged a complaint at the local police station alleging that the woman was murdered by her husband and in-laws.The victim Aparna Dey got married to one Palash Dey of Bisalakhhitala area in South 24-Parganas around 20 years ago. The couple has a 15-year-old son. The family members of the victim said her husband used to work as a generator operator but he was terminated as he used to visit the work place in a drunken state. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAfter being sacked, he started torturing his wife for money. He used to mount pressure on her to get money from her parental house. As she denied to do so, the victim was subjected to both mental and physical torture by her husband.On Wednesday night, the husband called up her parents saying that she committed suicide by consuming sleeping pills. He also told the victim’s family members that her body has been kept in Baruipur sub-divisional hospital. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe family members of the woman said they found a deep injury mark around her neck when they visited the hospital.They claimed that the victim might have been murdered and demanded an independent inquiry into the incident.The family members also told the police that she might have been throttled to death. Her husband and in-laws have been involved in the crime.The victim’s husband and in-laws have been absconding since the incident took place. On the basis of a specific complaint, police have started a probe and are conducting raids to nab the culprits.Police are interrogating other family members of the accused and locals to figure how she died. They are waiting for the post-mortem report of the victim.
Draymond Green apparently roasting Drake (again)… pic.twitter.com/WWVcxWS9nr— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) April 9, 2017 Warriors’ forward Draymond Green has never had a problem when it comes to speaking his mind on and off the court.Last night, after the Warriors destroyed the Pelicans, 123-101, no one was safe from Green’s sharp tongue, including rap superstar, and former child actor, Drake.Drake, the ultimate celebrity sports groupie, was hanging with Green, Steph Curry and Kevin Durant after the game. Draymond didn’t like Drake’s outfit, specifically his designer track pants, so he went in on him like Chris Rock.Green posted Drake’s humbling to his Snapchat:Here’s Draymond Green roasting Drake…. pic.twitter.com/ulyag1zjBs— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) April 9, 2017 Green also had some venom for Kevin Durant and Steph Curry’s “Hollywood” jacket. Welcome back KD:And Draymond Green ends his night on snapchat going at Kevin Durant.(Via @Money23Green / snapchat) pic.twitter.com/hbePQSwZ3F— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) April 9, 2017
You have employees. They bring smartphones to work. All is fine, right? Wrong.Related: Meet the Cybersecurity Startup That’s Caught the Eye of Google’s Eric Schmidt First of all, the second an employee brings a personal mobile device to work, you can bet on a fusion of personal and business affairs occurring. This was evident when 2,000 office workers were surveyed as to:How many downloaded personal apps to tablets issued by their employer: 73 percentHow many did this with smartphones their company issued: 62 percentHow many did it with company-issued notebooks: 45 percentThe age group most guilty of this: 25 to 38 years oldThe number who used their smartphones and other mobile units to conduct company business: over 50 percentThat last percentage was slightly better news. But it hardly canceled out the aforementioned misuse, which may result in who-knows-how-much company business leaking outside the building to who knows where. That “50 percent” also raises the question: Have you, a decision-maker at your company, devised any plans to prevent or minimize how much company data leaves your building, in the form of storage inside your employees’ smartphones and other mobile devices?The solutions may lie in the strategies that company decision-makers and IT managers can draw on to control data leakage. These strategies fall under something called enterprise mobile management. But cooperation is required from both parties: the company and the employees.As a decision-maker, then, you’d be smart to think: “We’ll just never know, will we, where an employee’s smartphone ends up on the weekends — a device loaded with our most sensitive data!”Solutions for businessesBusiness owners and other company decision-makers should regard the personal smartphone as a potential company diary. You don’t want this diary going all over the place after hours. You don’t want it easily opened for all to see what’s written on the pages.Related: 4 Essentials to Secure Your Business Even From State-Sponsored Online ThreatsSo, try consider these strategies:1. Teach employees about phishing scams.Phishing maneuvers are a leading way that cybercriminals steal data. Research shows how easy it is to get employees to fall for these scams: The worker receives an email that has an urgency to it (e.g., subject line: “Get back to me asap”). Inside the mail is a link that the sender urges the recipient to click on. The link takes the user to a fake website that lures him or her into revealing sensitive company information.2. Inform employees that the sender may pose as the company’s bank or as someone from the board of directors.Even after being taught about phishing, employees may still be suckered into clicking on a link inside an email — as staged phishing attacks have shown. To make things simple and to avoid confusion, simply demand that employees not click on any links inside emails. No exceptions. Tell them that nobody will be penalized for not clicking on a link inside an email.3. Employees should be suspicious of free download offers. Clicking on these could activate a computer virus.4. Employees should buy applications from a trusted app store rather than from third-party sources.It’s hard to know what those third parties’ true motivations are.5. Employees should be sure to protect all their devices with passwords.If an employee leaves a device unattended, or it’s lost, could the finders get into any documents, or have to type in a password (which they don’t know, of course)?6. All devices used for business should have a “wipe” function.The more employees you have, the harder it will be to get every single one to password-protect his or her devices. Another layer of protection, then, is to require a “wipe” function. If the device is lost or stolen, all the data on it can be eradicated — remotely.7. All devices used for business should erase their data automatically after a set number of password attempts. This will discourage hackers.8. All devices, especially Androids, should be required to have anti-virus software.This protects the device from malware that comes with an app that’s downloaded.9. Employees should never “jailbreak” or “root” a mobile device.Malware can infiltrate if the walled garden of the device is broken down because the user has manipulated the device’s factory-installed operating system.10. Employees should activate their update alerts immediately rather than opt for “remind me later.” These updates patch up security holes so that evolving cyber-pathogens do not gain entry.11. Employees should be made aware that Wi-Fi in public is not secure.Even though connections to public Wi-Fi will say they’re not secure, not all users notice this alert; and some may not even know what it means. Instead, using a virtual private network (VPN) will significantly boost security for your company’s sensitive data. A VPN service, such as Hotspot Shield VPN, encrypts all cyberspace transmissions, scrambling them so that hackers can’t make sense of them.Certainly it’s true that employees themselves may be crooks working from the inside to commit cybercrime. But a significant volume of data leakage still stems from simple carelessness by employees — and a lack of information and knowledge about security. What have you done about this threat at your own company?Related: Password Statistics: The Bad, the Worse and the Ugly (Infographic) Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read June 11, 2015 Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. How Success Happens Listen Now
Close The earliest known galaxy merger occurred 13 billion years ago, but it’s only now that scientists are able to see it unfold.The galaxy merger, dubbed as B14-65666, is a peek at the early universe, occurring within the first billion years of its lifetime.These galaxies are likely to be among the earliest that sprung from the Big Bang. From their epic collision, a new generation of stars burst into life, and their light traveled through the cosmos for billions and billions of years until it reached Earth, specifically the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array of telescopes in Chile. All DEAL OF THE DAY Ads by Amazon ENDS IN Bestseller Search AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatches Ads by Amazon ⓒ 2018 TECHTIMES.com All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission. Wow facts 3Share this videoCopyPausePlay00:00% Buffered0PreviousPausePlayNextLive00:00 / 00:00UnmuteMuteExit fullscreenFullscreenCopy video urlPlay / PauseMute / UnmuteReport a problemLanguageBackMox PlayerDefaultEnglishEspañolУкраїнськаРусскийWatching An Ancient CollisionIn a new study published in the journal Publications of the Astronomical Society of Japan, researchers explained how their use of ALMA allowed them to capture radio emissions of oxygen, carbon, and dust from 13 billion years ago in the cosmic object B14-65666.It’s not the first time that scientists have observed B14-65666, which is located in the constellation Sextans 13 billion light-years away. The Hubble Space Telescope have previously identified two star clusters within the object, but ALMA’s detection of the three signals revealed much more information than astronomers previously had.Analysis of the radio emissions revealed that while the two clusters are part of a single system, they move at different speeds, indicating that they’re two separate galaxies in the process of merging. It’s the earliest example that scientists have ever found of merging galaxies.”With rich data from ALMA and HST, combined with advanced data analysis, we could put the pieces together to show that B14-65666 is a pair of merging galaxies in the earliest era of the Universe,” study author Takuya Hashimoto, who is a postdoctoral researcher at the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and Waseda University, explained in a statement.More About B14-65666The galaxy merger B14-65666 is estimated to have 10 percent less stellar mass than the Milky Way, which suggests that it’s in the earliest stages of evolution. However, it’s also giving birth to stars at 100 times the rate of Milky Way’s production, which is another feature of galaxy mergers.Study author Akio Inoue, a professor at Waseda University, said that the team plans follow up their research by looking for the molecules of other major chemical elements, such as nitrogen and carbon monoxide.”Ultimately, we hope to observationally understand the circulation and accumulation of elements and material in the context of galaxy formation and evolution,” Inoue concluded. TAG Merger, Galaxies, Early Universe
Barbados Pride: LGBTI people march for their rights. | Photo: Supplied At first glance, Barbadian LGBTI people appear to have relatively safe, full lives. People often ask us: ‘Why don’t you just live your lives and stop fighting for rights, no one is troubling you?’But I have experienced verbal abuse ranging from threats of sexual violence to shouts of ‘death!’ and also physical assaults and fights. Truth is, physical violence against our LGBTI bodies pales in comparison to some other countries. There are many places where you could be killed just because you venture into the wrong neighbourhood.However, when you look beyond the proverbial curtain, it is clear that LGBTI Barbadians face psychological and financial abuse on a daily basis. In particular, gender non-conforming and trans individuals suffer an even greater burden.Many of us have been put out from our homes and disowned by family members. This very often leaves us without any of the basic support mechanisms which humans need to survive.I have personally lived through psychological abuse and sexual assault because of my sexual orientation.Years of psychological torture lead to many years of antidepressants, sleep aids and anti-suicide interventions. And very many LGBTI people in Barbados end up considering suicide.I spent seven years looking for a job without successFinancial abuse is enforced at a systemic level. We have to recognize that Barbados suffers from high unemployment anyway. But we are particularly disadvantaged. I daily meet LGBTI people like myself who struggle to find jobs.And those who do get into employment are usually only those who were lucky enough to have a friend or connection to give them a break.After seven years of unsuccessful job hunting, I decided to start my own charity. I saw a chance to cater for the pyscho-social and academic needs of at-risk youth, including LGBTI youth.We help young people battle with unforgiving, intolerant family members and school bullies.Of course, not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to set up their own company or charity.Sadly, some LGBTI people have no choice but to go into the unregulated sex trade. Naturally, this comes with serious health risks, not to mention the danger of physical violence by clients, pimps and other sex workers.It wouldn’t be Barbados Pride without a little beach time. | Photo: Supplied Why do we need Barbados Pride? Well, walking down the street is a traumatic experience for many LGBTI Barbadians. The Barbadian government maintains life in prison for homosexualityThe government sets the tone for how we are treated by blatantly refusing to decriminalise homosexuality.In fact, we have the harshest anti-sodomy law in the western hemisphere. The penalty is life imprisonment.While the law is not enforced, that is at the will of the government. And if an election changed the political landscape, the island’s next government could well choose to enforce it. Meanwhile, the very existence of the law sets the poisonous tone for how Barbadian society views LGBTI people.Historically, this law is not even from Barbados. The British forced it on the island during the colonial era. But ironically, the government refuses to repeal it, in a show of sovereignty.Perhaps unsurprisingly, the media stokes this poisonous atmosphere. They frequently report in a highly sensationalized way on all things LGBTI. And homophobic citizens respond with hateful comments, which nowadays social media airs for the whole world to see.Barbados Pride is our independence daySo it is for all these reasons and many more, that we need Barbados Pride in this so-called island paradise.Quite simply LGBTI persons here still need to fight for their most basic rights. Even the right to life cannot be fully achieved when financial and psychological abuse are so abundant.So, from 22 to 25 November we will build on the successes of last year’s inaugural Barbados Pride.Like in 2017, it will include a Walk for LGBT Human Rights and an LGBT Film Festival. And we will be offering even more programming to celebrate the community and educate the public.We chose November as an important month for us. Our Barbados Pride will tie in with Trans Day of Remembrance on 20 November, and the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence from 25 November to 10 December.But it will also coincide with our country’s independence day on 30 November.So we will make the point that we cannot be truly independent, and realize our national motto of ‘Pride in Industry’ when vulnerable citizens are in the chains of poverty, depression and abuse.We have realised that visibility is liberty and Pride is visibility at its best. We found our 2017 event fosters a much needed sense of support and community, especially for younger LGBTI Barbadians.And we hope the whole world will support us, in any way you can.Stevia Arthur is co-coordinator of Barbados Pride. Find out more about the event here. Gay Star News is a proud media partner of Barbados Pride.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? 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